Vaggelis Paraskevaidis is
a jazz vibraphonist born in Athens, Greece.
He started piano lessons at a very young age but he quickly realized that
he wanted to learn the drums.
A large portion of his puberty was spent on listening to all kinds of
music. He started his formal studies on the vibraphone , while drumming
onstage with punk rock bands. It was this period where he discovered his
interest in jazz and improvisation.
He graduated from Salford University (UK) as a assemble/concert
He had the fortune to be taught by great masters such as DavidFriedman,
Robert Fripp, David Liebman, Gary Barton, Michael Gibbs,and Bob Moses.
He has collaborated, through recording studios and/or on stage withmany
Greek artists, from jazz trios, to modern songwriters and toClassical
Orchestras, such as the Camerata.
His first solo album INDOLES is soon to be released on IKAROS RECORDS,and
it features some of the most prominent musicians in the Greek Jazz
is a collection of his original compositions, performed by some of the best
jazz musicians in Greece.
Highly rhythmical themes played with passion and precision. It is
improvised jazz fused with alternative rock energy and deep lyricism. This
album is a spellbinding musical journey where on some tunes it features the
vibraphone mixed with an electric quartet and brass, and a string quartet
The amazing line up includes:
Dimitris Papadopoulos: Trumpet
Antonis Andreou: Trombone
Leonidas Sarantopoulos: Flute
Costis “The Thing” Christodoulou: Grand Piano/ Rhoades keyboard.
Haris Haralambous: El.Bass
Dimitris Klonis: Drums
Sofia Sarri and George Zacharopoulos: Voice
The Frog String Quartet:
Yiannis Zarias; Violin
Themis Nikoloudis; Violin
Michalis Katachanas: Viola
Alex Kasartzis: Cello